Despite the spreading popularity of digital materials, the demand for print materials continues to grow. In 2019, the global commercial printing market was valued at $400 billion. By 2024, it is projected to grow to over $460 billion. Meeting the increasing levels of demand necessitates investment in quality printing equipment and materials, including brushes.

Printing brushes play a critical role in printing operations. They can serve several different functions, ranging from feeding paper into the printer (feeder wheel brushes) to removing ink from printing plates (wash up brushes) to eliminating static electricity in printing materials (antistatic brushes).

At Cocker-Weber, we specialize in the manufacture of high-quality tufted industrial brushes. We maintain a broad selection of brush products suitable for use in a wide range of industrial applications. Below we provide an overview of the types of brushes we offer for printing operations.

Nylon Plate Brushes

Types of Printing Brushes at Cocker-Weber

Our printing brush offerings include:

  • Plate Processor Brushes: These brushes remove undeveloped areas on printing plates.
  • Feeder Wheel Brushes: These brushes ensure printing materials feed smoothly into the printing system.
  • Hold Down & Stop Brushes: These brushes hold down printing materials as they feed into the printing system.
  • Wash Up Brushes: These brushes clean unused ink from printing plates between printing runs.
  • Spiral Roller Brushes: These brushes clean off toner from drums, belts, and other components in toner-based printers.
  • Brush Laths: These brushes guide, move, and apply pressure to printing materials. They are also used to keep debris and other contaminants from entering into sensitive areas of the printer.
  • Tufted Roller Brushes: These brushes are used for many purposes, ranging from cleaning printer components to applying coatings to pressing down on printing materials.
  • Split Core Brushes: These brushes remove excess material and contaminants from printer components, including on irregular surfaces.
  • Antistatic Brushes: These brushes minimize the amount of static electricity produced during normal printing operations.
  • Toothed Brush Belts: These brush components position or transfer materials within printers.

Take a look at our Printing Brushes catalog today for more information.

Tufted Strip Brush

Applications of Printing Brushes From Cocker-Weber

Within the printing industry, printing brushes find use in a wide range of applications, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Paper printing: the process of adding text and images to paper materials (e.g., forms, cards, letters, flyers, pamphlets, books, and other physical documents) using a master design
  • Binding: the process of applying adhesives from a glue pot to printed materials to fasten individual pieces together
  • Offset printing: the process of transferring an inked design from a metal plate to a rubber blanket or roller and from the blanket or roller to the printing material
  • Plate developing: the process of creating plates for use in printing operations
  • Web splicing: the process of connecting multiple sheets or rolls of printing materials (typically paper) to form a large, continuous sheet or roll
  • Lithographic printing: the process of transferring a design to a printing plate using mechanical, photochemical, or laser engraving methods and from the plate to the printing material using special water and oil-based ink mixtures

Press Brushes

Contact Cocker-Weber for Your Printing Brushes Today

Throughout our over 120 years in business, we developed a reputation as a premier manufacturer of industrial brushes for customers across the globe. Equipped with extensive brush manufacturing experience, we have the knowledge and skills to design and develop standard and custom brushes for nearly any industrial application. For more information about our product offerings, request a quote today.